FOX’s new series Alcatraz premieres on January 16, and in addition to some cool content from the set that we’ll be posting here on the site, we’ve also given the show its own forum at KSiteTV.
Conceived by many of the folks who were also around for LOST, Alcatraz explores what happens when criminals from the past show up in present day. It’s ripe for fan theories and discussion, and the show’s cast – which includes Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Parminder Nagra, Sam Neill, Robert Forster, and Santiago Cabrera – should also have people talking. And if it doesn’t… well, we’ll just go back to one thread for the show, then!
You can find KSiteTV’s Alcatraz forum here.
Here’s how FOX describes the program:
From executive producer J.J. Abrams (FRINGE, “Lost,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost,” “Deadwood”) comes ALCATRAZ, a chilling new drama revolving around America’s most infamous prison, the one-time home to the nation’s worst murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thieves and arsonists.
When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (Jeffrey Pierce), an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia), to help her piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since 1963 when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne) and the sadistic ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner).
Detective Madsen and Soto must team with Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last to reappear from Alcatraz.
Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Hauser has been awaiting the prisoners’ return for nearly 50 years. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.
ALCATRAZ is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (FRINGE) and Elizabeth Sarnoff. Sarnoff, Steven Lilien (“Kyle XY”) and Bryan Wynbrandt (“Kyle XY”) serve as writers, and Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami”) directed and executive-produced the pilot. Jack Bender (“Lost”) joins the series as executive producer and director.